“Everything is great, folks say they are catching their limits,” said Rebecca Guereque up at Bucks Lake Lodge.
Bob Parry at Goodwin’s General Store said, “The lake is starting to turn over.” The trout like the cooler temps and are clearing away from the surface water as it warms up. “It depends on when you are out there,” said Parry. “You gotta be there when they are hungry. Lately it’s been a 10 to 11 a.m. bite.” Folks are having luck with green sparkly marshmallow or rainbow colored PowerBait. “The fish coming out of there are beautiful,” said Parry, “but they always are.”
Summer has arrived, 80-plus degree weather, water temps approaching the 70-degree mark, prolific insect hatches have all made for a tough bite. We transition from winter to summer overnight up here in the mountains. Two weeks ago, we had snow and now we are getting the AC units out.
Fishing has been very tough, fish are scattered throughout the lake and are feasting on insects and being very selective.
“I have been fishing slow with crawlers and gulps with limited success, I have heard reports of fast trollers having similar (limited) results,” said John Crotty on behalf of Almanor Fishing Association. We are seeing more boats on anchor, using both anchovy tails for salmon and the Almanor Cocktail (cricket/meal worm).
“Still no significant signs of the Hex Hatch starting. I went to Geritol Cove last evening and there were a half dozen float tubers in the water. I then drove to Almanor West where even fewer fly fishermen were in the water,” said Crotty. “I spoke with one float tuber and he said he saw one bug hatch.” Stay tuned the hatch should begin in earnest any day now.
Capt. Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy Fishing has this take on the action, “It has been all about the big rainbows here at Almanor with a few browns and salmon on the menu as well.”
These brutes are cruising the waters of the lake and taking full advantage of Almanor’s “food factory,” the aquatic insects. “Hatches are taking place at various locations around the lake including the east and west shores as well as up north, and tend to draw in actively feeding fish,” said Roccucci. Because the bugs come from the bottom of the lake and rise to the surface, fish can be found at all depths looking to feed.
“In recent trips we have been catching fish at a variety of locations from the surface to the bottom and just about every level in between,” said Capt. Roccucci. “These fish have a special kind of attitude as they gorge themselves on the available hatches.” Big runs, spectacular jumps, big bends in the light tackle rods. “This is some exciting spring fishing,” said Roccucci.
The lake continues to see a good amount of cool fresh water rolling down the tributaries. Look for the solid fishing to continue as we move into summer with even more big hatches fueling these beautiful fish.
Almanor is full with water lapping up onto the blacktop at Canyon Dam. In fact, the ramp is up as high as it will go, and you have to step in 2 inches of water to get to the ramp.
“Road construction continues on Highway 70 through the Canyon with extended road closures. Please check with Caltrans for current road updates,” advises Crotty.
On Sunday, June 23, the Almanor Fishing Association along with local guides and fishermen will be hosting the third annual veterans Fishing Day on Almanor. They have over 40 boats taking close to 100 veterans fishing. There will be at least two veterans from World War II participating — one is 94 years old and the other is 96.
“If you are on the water, please acknowledge the fishing fleet of Veterans and thank them for their service,” said Crotty.
Jeanne Graham at J&J Grizzly Store hosted the sixth annual Spring Derby on June 15 to support firefighters for Eastern Plumas. Lake Davis received an additional 4,000 pounds of fish planted, June 14, the day before the derby.
“That’s about 8,000 fish,” said Jeanne. They are bigger fish than the 3,000 pounds of fish planted just a few weeks ago. Folks fishing with worms reported fishing was “red hot,” but wouldn’t disclose where on the lake they were fishing. Perhaps now that the derby is done they will reveal their secrets. “Slow trolling has been better in afternoon than in the morning,” said Jeanne. Look for a derby wrap up in next week’s Sports Section.
Middle Fork Feather River
The river is still running high, but the trout are hanging on the edges and are not in the main current. “Caddis hatches start about 10 a.m. and the trout are taking them until about 2 p.m.,” said fishing guide Jack Trout. “Look for sections of river that are not sandy bottom but are rocks, that’s where they are feeding on bugs,” says Trout.
Streamers are working also, no sink tip needed. From here out the river will get better and better each week. Hatch starts back up about 5 p.m. and continues until dark. “Fish the seams and edges in the foam line and riffles,” was Trout’s last suggestion.
The creek is high, but fishing is good with heavy nymphs. Below Quincy is best, the creek is slowly getting into shape. “This is the time of year when huge brown trout are caught,” said Jack Trout. Early morning and late afternoon is best for bigger trout. Work the tail outs of pool with streamers; you might get a surprise grab that’s very large.